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5 November 2013

Somali remittances granted reprieve

Author: Edwin Lane, BBC

Somali money transfer service Dahabshiil has won an injunction preventing Barclays from cutting its banking services. The injunction means customers will be able to transfer money through Dahabshiil for the foreseeable future. Barclays had planned to...

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1 November 2013

[PDF] Time to clean up: How Barclays promotes the use of tax havens in Africa

Author: ActionAid

[Business & & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Barclays to respond. Response provided.] Barclays bank is now reported to be the largest retails bank in Africa…[R]apidly rising commodity prices have resulted in a steady increase in foreign...

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15 October 2013
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Author: Financial Year Journal (France)

Au sein de l'Union européenne, plus de 34,6 millions d'employés pourraient être à risque de prendre des jours de congés à cause de la dépression et de ses symptômes cognitifs, ce qui représente une perte potentiel d'un milliard de journées de travail....

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11 October 2013

BankTrack welcomes Thun Group paper on banks and human rights

Author: Bank Track

Seven leading international banks, informally grouped together as the ‘Thun Group of Banks'...presented a discussion paper for banks on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. BankTrack welcomes the discussion...

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2 October 2013

Rights abuses by US financial firms, hearing scrutinize

Author: Aldo Caliari, rightingfinance

The application of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights…in the financial sector came under focus at hearings held in the United States…by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights…The US country…was framed by the ongoing repercussions...

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2 October 2013

[PDF] Statement by the Thun Group of Banks - “The Guiding Principles: an interpretation for banks” - A Discussion Paper for banks on Principles 16 – 21 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Author: The Thun Group of Banks (Barclays, BBVA, Credit Suisse, ING Bank, RBS Group, UBS, UniCredit)

We, the undersigned banks, have contributed to this discussion paper in order to gain a better understanding of the “Guiding Principles for the implementation of the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Frame-work” (“Guiding Principles”) and of...

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1 September 2013

[PDF] International tribunal on business & human rights – reshaping the judiciary

Author: Claes Cronstedt (International corporate lawyer)

This memo presents some ideas on how to make effective use of existing legislations including customary international law to combat the most serious human rights violations ...to create an international tribunal on business & human rights...,...

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22 August 2013

Joint press release: US Circuit Court dismisses apartheid litigation

Author: Khulumani Support Group

On Tuesday, 21 August 2013, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal dismissed the South Africa Apartheid Lawsuit. The basis of the dismissal was the argument that "the Alien Tort Statute does not reach the extraterritorial conduct in this case", a judgement...

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22 July 2013

Boost for women in boardroom as companies seek fresh skills [UK]

Author: Lucy Tobin, Independent (UK)

Almost half – or 47 per cent – of first-time appointments to the FTSE 350 were female in 2012, compared to just 11 per cent in 2007…However…the drive to see more women on FTSE 100 boards stalled this year. Only 12 per cent of directors appointed in...

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24 June 2013

Barclays faces pressure from Somali cash transfer firms

Author: BBC

The UK government is being urged to stop Barclays closing the last account in Somalia which allows its citizens overseas to send money back home. A group of aid practitioners said the service was a "lifeline" for an estimated 40% of the Somali...

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